Eastern Market's Flower Day is a go but it'll be online

click to enlarge Courtesy of Eastern MarketWhile many beloved traditions and events have wilted in the wake of the coronavirus, Flower Day at Eastern Market is in full bloom but it won't look at all like the Flower Day festivities you've come to expect.The annual event, which draws upwards of 100,000 people and takes place each year on the Sunday after Mother's Day, will pivot to an online ordering format to ensure Flower Day goers adhere to Michigan's stay-at-home order and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's social-distancing guidelines. Those events are expected to take place on May 24, May 31, and June 7 via Eastern Market's Facebook page Eastern Market hasn't ruled out in-person shopping in the near future. According to a statement posted to Facebook , they're actively looking at how they may be able to safely and responsibly host an in-person flower shopping experience in the future, depending on the duration and limitations defined by Michigan's stay-at-home ordinances.For those looking to get up close and personal with flowers before you order, you can purchase flowers during Eastern Market's Saturday market from 6 a.m.-4 p.m. The market remains open with food and retail vendors but has made adjustments to accommodate social distancing requirements. They've also launched bulk produce drive-thru pick-up on Tuesdays and Saturdays via an order form on their website More information about Flower Day, online ordering, and market day updates can be found at easternmarket.org


Artists announced for 2019's Murals in the Market street art festival

click to enlarge Courtesy of 1xRunclick to enlarge Courtesy of 1xRunDetroit's Murals in the Market festival named one ofmagazine's top five mural festivals in the world has announced the roster of artists for its fifth iteration, set for Sept. 14-21.Festival organizers 1xRun announced the lineup at a press conference on Wednesday in Eastern Market against the backdrop of a new mural by Olyami Dabls made from bits of broken mirrors and reminiscent of the sprawling outdoor art installation Dabls created outside of his African Bead Gallery and MBAD Museum near Grand River Avenue and West Grand Boulevard.Aside from Dabls, this year's roster features 19 other artists from Detroit, including Ashley Mcfadden, Bakpak Durden, Ben Hall, BreAnn WHLGN, Brian Nickson, Diviniti, Ed Irmen, Efe Bes, Ijania Cortez, Ivan Montoya, Jake Dwyer, Javier Gonzalez, Joey Salamon, Lindy Shewbridge, Mike Polakowski, Mikey Francis, Nick Pizana, Ryan Doyle, and Tiff Massey.From beyond the Motor City is Dennis McNett (Los Angeles), Joe Geis (New York), Kevin Ledo (Montreal), Kevin Lyons (New York), Maser (Dublin), Osunlade (New York), Remi Rough (South London), and Ron English (New York).The artists will create works that join the more than 150 murals the festival has already helped create throughout Eastern Market, but will expand beyond Eastern Market's footprint to bring attention to overlooked areas of the city, according to a press release.The festival kicks off on Sept. 14 with the 2nd Annual Murals in the Market Family Reunion, an all-ages block party with DJs from Paxahau. During the festival's run, Jason Hall will offer bike tours through his RiDetroit. It all culminates with a closing party at Eastern Market After Dark on Sept. 21.More information is available at muralsinthemarket.com